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Anti-CAA mobilisation to create ruckus on 3 June

An email with anti-CAA rants has been sent to 187 outfits, seeking to exploit sentiments of Muslims, labour force, the poor, the unemployed, women, LGBT people, Scheduled Castes and any section that caught the activists' fancy

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Politics India Anti-CAA mobilisation to create ruckus on 3 June

Intelligence agencies have cautioned the police forces of all states about a possible eruption by anti-CAA activists (rabble-rousers opposed to the amended citizenship law) on 3 June after discovering emails and other literature indicating choreographed protests will be held across the country. Naming “Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider, Asif Iqbal Tanha, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita along with activists Ishrat Jahan, Khalid Saifi, Gulfisha Fatima, Sharjeel Imam, Shifa Ur-Rahman and hundreds of other Muslim youth,” an email from [email protected] urges nearly 200 activist groups to hit the streets tomorrow.

Mentioning other incidents like “AMU students Farhan Zuberi and Ravish Ali Khan have been arrested by the UP police for participating in the anti-CAA protests”, the email clubs “anti-CAA activists such as Akhil Gogoi who has been charged under UAPA, Bittu Sonowal, Manas Konwar, Dhairjya Konwar and several others” with the lot.

The demands these activists have raised are:

  • “Release all activists of the anti-CAA movement”
  • “Scrap CAA-NRC-NPR! Scrap UAPA!”

Describing the anarchists as “political prisoners”, the emailer tries to exploit the prevailing sentiment against plight of migrant workers as well.

Curiously, while the reports of Muslims attacking and killing Hindus in the name of democratic protests against the CAA kept arriving until the retaliation happened, the emailer calls the Delhi riots a “pogrom”. The email is silent also on the atrocities of the activists themselves.

The sender of the email has cited cases where activists have been slapped of charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) to arouse emotions. The email contains misleading and provocative sentences like “The attack on the anti-CAA protesters who participated in the democratic struggle against (the) disenfranchisement of Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, workers, women and all marginalized communities is an attempt to systematically demobilise the movement against CAA-NRC-NPR.”

The 187 rabble-rousing organisations under the umbrella “People United against Repression on Anti-CAA Protesters” named in the email are as follows:

  1. Ahmedabad against CAA-NRC-NPR
  2. All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU)
  3. All India Democratic Student Organisation (AIDSO)
  4. All India Democratic Youth Organisation (AIDYO)
  5. All India Forum for Right to Education
  6. All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan (AIMSS), Gujarat
  7. All India Peoples’ Forum, (AIPF) Bangalore
  8. All India Progressive Women’s Association
  9. All India Queer Association
  10. All India Revolutionary Student Organisation
  11. All India Student Association (AISA)
  12. All India Student Federation (AISF)
  13. Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle, IIT Bombay
  14. Ambedkar University Delhi Students’ Council
  15. Anhad, Delhi
  16. अनुदानित शिक्षा बचाव समिती
  17. Anweshan
  18. Asansol Civil Rights Association
  19. Association For Democratic Rights, Punjab
  20. AUD Queer Collective
  21. Automobile Industry Contract Worker Union, Haryana
  22. Bandi Mukti Committee, West Bengal
  23. Bebaak Collective
  24. Bebaak collective, Uttarakhand
  25. Bengaluru Collective
  26. Bahujan Samajwadi Manch
  27. Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Student Organisation (BASO), JNU
  28. Bhagat Singh Chhatra Ekta Manch, (BSCEM) DU
  29. Bhagat Singh Chhatra Morcha, (BSCM) UP
  30. Bharat Bachao Andolan, Maharashtra
  31. Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan
  32. Bhim Army Students’ Federation, (BASF)
  33. Campus Front of India (CFI)
  34. Celluloid – The film society, Azim Premji University
  35. Chaitanya Mahila Sangam, Telangana
  36. Chhatra Ekta Manch, Haryana
  37. Chhatisgarh Mukti Morcha – Mazdoor Karykarta Samiti, Chhatishgarh
  38. Chhatisgarh Mahila Adhikar Manch
  39. COLLECTIVE, Delhi
  40. CONFLUENCE, IISER Mohali
  41. Dakha, Punjab
  42. Dayar i Shauq Students Charter (DiSSC), JMI
  43. Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network, Gujarat
  44. Dalit Lekhak Sang
  45. Democracy Collective, Haryana
  46. Democratic Teachers Front
  47. Democratic Students Association (DSA), Kerala
  48. Democratic Students Federation (DSF), JNU
  49. Democratic Students Organization (DSO), Punjab
  50. Democratic Students Union (DSU), DU
  51. Democratic Students Union (DSU), Telangana
  52. Disha Student Organisation
  53. Faculty Feminist Collective, Delhi
  54. Feminists in Resistance, Kolkata
  55. Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW), Maharashtra
  56. Fraternity Movement of India
  57. Free Speech Collective
  58. Friends foundation
  59. Grameen Mazdoor Union, Bihar
  60. Gujarat Federation of Trade Unions
  61. Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha
  62. Hasratein: A Queer Collective, JNU
  63. Humanist Rationalist Organisation, Odisha
  64. Hum Bharat Ke Log, Bombay
  65. Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)
  66. Hundred Flowers Group, JNU
  67. Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU)
  68. Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) Sarwahara
  69. Indian Federation of Trade Union, Odisha
  70. Indian Social Action Forum, (INSAF) Gujarat
  71. Inquilabi Chhatra Morcha, Allahabad
  72. Inquilabi Kender, Haryana
  73. Inqlabi Kendra, Punjab
  74. Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra (IMK)
  75. Jamia Coordination Committee
  76. Janaadhikaara Sangharsha Parishath
  77. Jana Hastakshep, Delhi
  78. Jagori, Dharamshala
  79. Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, Bihar
  80. Jan Sanskritik Manch
  81. Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana
  82. Jan Sangharsh Manch, Gujarat
  83. Janwadi Mahila Samiti (AIDWA, Delhi)
  84. Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas
  85. Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU)
  86. Karnataka Jana Shakthi
  87. Karnataka Vidhyarthi Sangathan (KVS)
  88. Kisan Adivasi Sanghatan
  89. Kisan Sangharsh Samiti
  90. Karnataka Shramika Shakthi
  91. Krantikari Naujawan Sabha (KNS)
  92. Krantikari Yuva Sanghatan (KYS)
  93. Laali Guraas Collective, Darjeeling (WB)
  94. LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Maharashtra
  95. Lawyers Against Atrocities
  96. Lok Kala Manch, Mullanpur
  97. Lok Shikshak Manch
  98. Madhya Pradesh Mahila Manch
  99. Mahila Mukti Morcha, Chhatisgarh
  100. Mazdoor Samanvay Kendra
  101. Mazdoor Sahyog Kendra
  102. Minority Coordination Committee, Gujarat
  103. Mazdoor Kranti Parishad (MKP), WB
  104. Marxist Student Federation, Jharkhand
  105. Muktiwadi, Maharashtra
  106. Muslim Students Federation (MSF)
  107. Muslim Youth League
  108. Naavu Bhratheeyaru, Bangalore
  109. National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
  110. National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
  111. Nagrika Sammukhya, Odisha
  112. National Hawker Federation
  113. National Peace Group, Gujarat
  114. Naujavan Bharat Sabha
  115. New Socialist Alternative, Maharashtra
  116. New Socialist Initiative, (NSI)
  117. New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)
  118. North East Students Forum, JNU
  119. Parivartankami Chhatra Sanghatan (Pachhas)
  120. People’s Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL)
  121. Pinjra Tod, Delhi
  122. Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh
  123. Pragatisheel Mahila Ekta Kendra
  124. Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan
  125. Prantojon
  126. Progressive and Democratic Students Community, AUD
  127. Progressive Democratic Students Federation (PDSF)
  128. Progressive Democratic Students Federation (PDSF), WB
  129. Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU)
  130. Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU), AP, Telangana
  131. Progressive Democratic Youth Federation (PDYF)
  132. Progressive Organisation For Women (POW), Telangana
  133. Progressive Student Front, Haryana
  134. Punjab Student’s Union (PSU)
  135. Radical Study Circle, TISS Mumbai
  136. Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum
  137. Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch
  138. Rashtriya Manavadhikar Mahasabha
  139. Refraction, WB
  140. Revolutionary Students’ Front, WB
  141. Revolutionary Workers Party of India
  142. Rihai Manch, UP
  143. Saheli, Delhi
  144. Sangwari
  145. Samajwadi Jan Parishad
  146. Samajwadi Samagam
  147. Samta Kala Manch, Maharashtra
  148. Samtamulak Mahila Sangatan, Haryana
  149. Samata Vidyarthi Aghadi, Maharashtra
  150. Satya Shodhak Sangh, Delhi/UP
  151. SAU Progressive Students, Delhi
  152. Shramajibi Nari Mancha, WB
  153. Shramik Sangram Committee (SSC)
  154. Shrijan, Siliguri, WB
  155. Sikh Muslim Dalit Christian Sanjha Front, Punjab.
  156. Student Organization for Socialist Democracy, Haryana
  157. Socialist Workers Centre
  158. Socialist Workers Center, TN
  159. Solidarity Youth Movement
  160. Stree Mukti Sangathan
  161. Stri Jagriti Manch
  162. Struggling Workers Coordination Committee, (SWCC) WB
  163. Student Federation of India (SFI)
  164. Students of Aalim Muhammad Salegh college
  165. Students For Society, (SFS) Punjab
  166. Students Islamic Organization (SIO)
  167. South India Federation of Trade Unions
  168. Swaraj Abhiyan
  169. Tamil Nadu Student Movement (TSM)
  170. Telangana Vidyarthi Sangam (TVS)
  171. Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV)
  172. The Feminist Collective, Haryana
  173. The Students’ Outpost, Bangalore
  174. Trade Union Center of India (TUCI)
  175. Trans Rights Now
  176. United Against Hate
  177. United OBC Forum
  178. Uttarakhand Mahila Manch
  179. Utthan, Gujarat
  180. Vidrohi Sanskrutik Chalwal, Maharashtra
  181. Vimukta – Stree Mukti Sangathan
  182. We The People of India (Hum Bharat Ke Log)
  183. We The People Of India, Bengaluru
  184. Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
  185. Young Tamilnadu Movement
  186. Youth Alliance For Peace
  187. Yuvak Kranti Dal, Maharashtra

Initially, the activists had posted the email also on Facebook, but they deleted the post on getting a whiff of the likely police action on them.

Alerted by the fresh anti-CAA mobilisation, a government memo was shot to all state police forces, where superintendents of police of all districts were told: “The post above calls for nationwide protests on June 3. The issues are against recent arrests by Delhi Police, CAA, UAPA, etc. In view of restrictions due to COVID and in the backdrop of protests and violence in US, protests in any form should not be allowed. Our officers have been directed to share additional information with you.”

“It looks like they are planning an American type protest here,” an officer told Sirf News on the condition of anonymity.

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